Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dies R Us Background Building

Hello, Dies R Us crafty friends!  Barbara here today to show you how to use your dies to make interesting backgrounds that will "back up" your designs.  I love this technique and use it often. Follow our blog to get inspiration and wonderful ideas for your projects.
Here is the card that I did to show you  this technique.
 I used just three dies to make this card. I started with a base A2 size card of Bazzill Green Tea card stock.  I cut all of the rectangle dies of the same paper.  This added teture to your project and still lets the image show through. The flower was colored and shaped with a stylus and I added some seed beads to the center.  The sentiment was cut from Gold Contact paper. It works great for die cutting and you just peel off the back and adhere it to the next layer.  In this case, I cut two other layers of the sentiment and layered them all together, gold on the top.  Then I assembled the elements on the design in the way that made me smile. I tried to get another angle to show off the gold in the net picture. 
This is a different view that shows you a peek at the inside.  I used the part that I cut off of the right side of the rectangle die, on the inside. Don't let any part go to waste. I wish I had a better picture.

I use this technique often for my cards and I hope that you will try it.  Don't limit yourself to rectangles.  Try squares and circles and anything that make you happy!

These are the dies that I used for this card.

  Frantic Stamper - Dies - Elementals #16 - Stitched Rectangle Frames
You will find yourself using these rectangles many times. They cut a thick frame or a thinner one. I used the thinner one on my card.
Penny Black - Dies - Gaiety 
                                         Frantic Stamper - Dies - Life Is Good 

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  1. This is stunning! I love the monochromatic theme. The frames look amazing as does that beautiful flower! I also looooooove the gold sentiment, so fabulous!!!

  2. I love the dimension you have built up, Barbara, without the card being bulky! It's gorgeous!! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

  3. One of my favorite techniques and gorgeous in the green. Love that flower and don't own it. Another to add to my wish list. Love how you tucked the sentiment among the frames.

  4. You know, I have yet to try this background building. I just love the look and your card is fantastic. So very gorgeous in every way.

  5. Oh my gosh, I love, love, LOVE this!! What a fabulous idea, and I think that just using that green cardstock for the background and giving it texture with the die cuts is GENIUS!!! Awesome idea, I'm pinning!

  6. I love your beautiful card and the this technique. A lot of texture and dimension. TFS

  7. Beautiful card and what a great technique! I love the texture you added to the flower center as well! Soooo pretty!

  8. Wow, this is a wonderful way to add texture and interest to the background without being distracting

  9. This is so very pretty - I love all the frames and the design! Gorgeous!